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Leinster v Ulster: Kiss hoping to toast end of 2016 with a derby victory

By Michael Sadlier

Les Kiss wants Ulster to end 2016 on a massive high by upsetting all the odds and beating Irish rivals Leinster at the RDS on New Year's Eve (kick-off 3pm).

Ulster have only won once at the south Dublin ground this century, and coach Kiss's side look set to meet a full-strength Leinster outfit for their second festive Irish derby clash without their Ireland trio of Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson.

In more positive news Kiss does seem likely to have a fit-again Andrew Trimble available for only the third time this season to boost the province's slender-looking hopes of causing a major upset against a side who will be seeking to extend an impressive 18-game unbeaten run in the league at their home ground.

"Of course it is possible we can win," said Kiss of Ulster's chances.

"But we have got to be near our best if not beyond our best."

Ulster, currently in fourth following last Friday's home victory over Connacht, have endured many miserable outings at Leinster's home and look set to be facing an opposition who will field most of their Ireland stars after putting out a under-strength side in their Boxing Day defeat at Munster.

Ireland superstar out-half Johnny Sexton is expected to make his return from injury.

"We are going to try and win for sure, that is what we want to get out of it," Kiss stated. "Look, it is going to be tough but we will go out there and give it a shot."

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